Jack Lovelock wins Gold 1936

Lovelock ensured his athletics immortality when, in front of Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, he ran a brilliant tactical race to win the 1500m in world record time. It was, he recorded in his meticulously-kept diary, “the most perfectly-executed race of my life”.

In the final, he took the lead with 300 metres remaining – almost unheard of in those days – and established a sizeable lead over American ironman Glenn Cunningham that he never relinquished, eventually winning in 3min 47.8s.

The race has gained in fame because of the frenetic (“C’mon Jack, c’mon Jack…My God, he’s done it!”) BBC radio commentary of his friend Harold Abrahams.

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